'Excellent set' Parklane Plowden has 'significant strength in depth', housing 'a wide range of talented barristers in the area of personal injury law'. The 'very responsive' James Murphy is regularly instructed for claimants and defendants in cases involving brain, spinal and psychiatric injuries of the highest severity. Stephen Friday represented a claimant who received a £1.7m settlement after a leg injury resulted in a below the knee amputation. Elizabeth Hodgson is sought after for her expertise in public liability claims against local authorities and employers’ liability claims. Jim Hester has 'good knowledge of the nuances of industrial disease work', and, drawing upon his former service as a major in the Royal Marines, has niche expertise in handling cases involving military personnel and maritime-related accidents.
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‘Parklane Plowden is a professional set, and has a wide range of talented barristers in the area of personal injury law. Due to the size and depth of the chambers, it is always able to ensure that a suitably qualified barrister is able to deal with queries, often at short notice.’
‘A very reliable and helpful set of chambers. Always good communication and organised clerks.’
‘A Northern powerhouse in terms of civil litigation / personal injury, with a good depth of members.’
‘Parklane Plowden is a leading chambers in the North and country as a whole, with several stand-out barristers.’
‘Fantastic clerking facilities in both Newcastle and Leeds. All the clerks are responsive and able to assist at a moment’s notice. ‘
‘Clerks are really helpful and good on speed of response and technology. They have a good commercial attitude to billing. Laura Storr is particularly good.’
‘Very good. Laura Storr is thoroughly reliable and always helpful. Mike Stubbs is a great Chambers Director and focused on providing great service. Jack Elstub is also very good on remote technology.’
‘The clerks are polite, attentive and knowledgeable. They are able to service the needs of instructing solicitors with ease and deal with all problems quickly and without fuss.’
‘Michael Stubbs is a shining light as to how clerks should act, providing excellent support to solicitors, acting as the perfect link between the solicitors and barristers ensuring that there is always smooth service.’
At Park Square Barristers Ltd., the 'very sensible' Andrew Lewis QC has a wealth of experience in high-value fatal and catastrophic injury claims, with a core focus on brain and spinal injury cases. Simon Anderson recently represented a former BBC journalist in a claim, after she was caught up in a mortar strike in an allegedly unnecessary trip to Homs in Syria. The 'highly skilled' Peter Wilson 'takes a very analytical approach to matters' and provides 'sound advice'; he is sought after for his expertise in acting solely for insurers in defending fraudulent personal injury claims.
‘PSQB has a very good reputation in the marketplace.’
‘They are well covered, with more than their fair share of very good barristers, all of whom are very user-friendly.’
‘Clerks are very helpful and accommodating.’
‘The clerks are second to none. They always go above and beyond to help and the service is of a very high standard.’
‘Andy Reeves is a pleasure to work with.’
Exchange Chambers‘ personal injury team has established experience in handling a range of high-value, complex cases, including fatal accidents, life-changing injuries, industrial disease and catastrophic brain and spinal injuries. Pankaj Madan is regularly sought after by claimant and defendant firms for his expertise in catastrophic brain injuries, and has notable strength in cases involving subtle brain injuries. Simon Ross provides ‘clear, concise advice‘ on a broad spectrum of personal injury matters, including road traffic accidents, occupational disease claims and fatal accidents. Paul Kirtley is ‘very approachable‘ and is ‘very experienced in catastrophic injury work‘.
‘Prompt, professional and efficient.’
‘It is rare that when we have needed counsel late in the day that someone has not been available. Online training during the lockdowns provided by counsel has been excellent.’
‘They clearly know what they are doing, with a professional and friendly approach.’
‘Very effective and pro-active clerking.’
‘The clerks provide a good service.’
‘Excellent clerking provision. Both responsive and supportive and have a fantastic array of talented counsel to utilize as and when required.’
‘Clerks are helpful and offer assistance from counsel at all levels. Responses to emails are dealt with promptly.’
Kings Chambers' team houses Toby Coupe, who specialises in complex, multi-track catastrophic injury claims, and frequently acts for claimants, NHS trusts, local authorities and major insurer clients in cases involving serious brain and spinal injuries. Simon Plaut acts for claimants and defendants in catastrophic injury cases, and has particular expertise in handling occupational disease matters. Former solicitor Gordon Exall is a noted practitioner in the personal injury sphere.
‘An incredibly strong PI set, with strength in depth from junior to QC. A dominant force in the North, with counsel equal to many sets in London.’
‘The set as a whole understands the importance of not only providing quality advice and advocacy, but also the need to be commercially in tune with the needs of their professional as well as their lay client.’
‘Stephen Loxton, Kings’ Director of Clerking, is very experienced and provides an excellent service. He knows his barristers inside out and is able to place the right counsel with the right case.’
‘Clerking is very strong at Kings. They are responsive to our needs and seek to work collaboratively with us which again is rare. They are very commercially in tune with our needs and recognise the importance of team work.’